We’ve all been there, a hand full of subjects but you can hardly get to study with your kids much less sit down or manage your household. If this sounds familiar, you or your child/ children may have experienced study burnout. Having a real study plan can benefit the process of getting started with helping your child/ children study.
Actually focus,like, for real
When they do sit down to study, make sure that is all they are doing. Typically, we try to do way too many things at once and no matter how badly we want them to be, our brains aren’t that great at multi-tasking. Follow these steps to focus on the task at hand:
Step 1: Eliminate the distractions – Tv, the cell phone and any other possible distraction that could be hogging your child’s attention.
Step 2: Work smarter, not harder. Stick with one subject at a time. Only let them use the tools they need to complete their current project.
Step 3: Let them take regular breaks.
Give them a break
No, literally, make sure they take breaks throughout a long study session. It might seem counterintuitive, but taking breaks allows them to have even better focus in the long run.
There are different opinions on the best timing for focus vs. break, and we’re all different so try a few varying times and see what works for your child. If they in the middle of reading a paragraph and they have to keep starting over because their mind wanders away every couple of words, that’s when it’s time for their break.
Once they have an idea of the timing that works for them, schedule breaks and have an alarm alert you (the parent) when it’s time to stop and breathe. When that alarm goes off let them put down whatever they are working on and do something that helps them relax; stretch, take a walk, daydream, go outside and breath some fresh air, whatever lets their brain recharge a little. If you’re not sure where to start, let them try studying for 45-50 minutes then take a 15-minute break.
Change it up
Whether it’s a 2-hour cram session or just their everyday study routine, it can really help to try out different spaces and give their brain a change of scenery. Vary the scenes as much as possible, aesthetically and geographically. Try a bright, airy, active place one day, and find a dark, quiet, isolated corner another time. See which spaces work best for different types of studying. You might find that the energy of a busy place ignites their creative vibes for writing an English paper, and the mood and seclusion of a silent place allows them to dive all the way into their Maths formulas. Keep track of the places where they get completely derailed from their work as well as the places where they get fully absorbed into their studying.
Remember to take care
We know it might feel like there is absolutely no time to focus on the studying and wellbeing of everyone in the family when you are being pulled in a million directions, but this is exactly when self-care is most important for both yourself and the children. We get it. It might take getting a little creative, but it’s completely vital that you make sure you and your child get enough rest, exercise, and sustenance. Remember to teach them to take care of themselves and that self-care is vitally important and can be done during their breaks from studying.
The teacher is here to assist
Remember that amongst the chaos and scheduling there is a teacher that is more than willing to help ease the stress of studying and anxiety that comes with exams. If the tips above have been tried and just don’t seem to work, communicate with your child’s teacher as they are equipped to assist both students and parents and at the end of the day – we are human after all.